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SUDAN VS NIGERIA: 5 Final Round Qualifiers Flying Eagles Must Learn From

The Flying Eagles will hope to defend their title at the 2017 U-20 Africa Cup of Nations in Zambia when they face Sudan in the final qualifying round.

 

The first leg comes up on Sunday in Omdurman, while the second leg is billed for a fortnight.

 

Ahead of the two-legged tie, Completesportsnigeria.com's JAMES AGBEREBI lists FIVE previous final round qualifiers involving Nigerian teams which the Flying Eagles can learn from…

 

 

 

NIGERIA V SUDAN (1997 U-20 AFCON QUALIFIER)

 

The Flying Eagles were drawn against Sudan in the final qualifying round for the 1997 CAF U-20 Cup of Nations held in Morocco.

 

In the earlier round, the Flying Eagles overcame Chad 6-3 on aggregate. They won the first leg 5-1 in Lagos, before losing 2-1 in the return leg.

 

The first leg was hosted by the Flying Eagles and they came back from a goal down to win 2-1.

 

But in the reverse fixture, Sudan edged the Flying Eagles 1-0, to qualify 2-2 on the away goals rules.

 

 

 

 

NIGERIA V MOROCCO (2003 U-20 AFCON QUALIFIER)

 

After eliminating Somalia in the penultimate qualifying round, the Flying Eagles faced Morocco in the final play-offs for a place at the 2003 U-20 AFCON in Burkina Faso.

 

Unfortunately, the Flying Eagles were knocked out by the junior Atlas Lions over two legs.

 

The Moroccans won the first leg 2-1 in Nigeria before being held to a 1-1 draw by the Flying Eagles, to qualify for the 2003 U-20 AFCON 3-2 on aggregate.

 

 

 

NIGERIA V GHANA (2007 ALL AFRICA GAMES QUALIFIER)

 

The race for places at the 2007 All Africa Games in Algiers saw Nigeria U-23s take on Ghana in the last qualifying round.

 

Going away to  Accra for the first leg, the U-23 Eagles held their Ghanaian counterparts to a 0-0 draw.

 

But in the reverse fixture inside the Abuja National Stadium, Ghana forced the U-23 Eagles to a 1-1 draw to progress on the away goals.

 

 

 

 

NIGERIA V GHANA (2011 ALL AFRICA GAMES QUALIFIER)

 

Just like in 2007, the U-23 Eagles squared off against Ghana in the last round of qualifiers for the men's football event of the 2011 All Africa Games in Maputo, Mozambique.

 

Once again, the Ghanaians had the last laugh as they picked the ticket ahead of the U-23 Eagles.

 

In the first leg played inside the Samuel Ogbemudia Stadium in Benin, the U-23 Eagles came from a goal down to win 3-1.

 

Despite taking a two-goal advantage to Accra, the Ghanaians overturned the deficit, winning the second leg 2-0 to advance.

 

 

 

 

NIGERIA V ALGERIA (1982 WORLD CUP QUALIFIER)

 

The Green Eagles (as the Super Eagles were formerly known), had their quest of qualifying for the World Cup dashed after losing out to Algeria in the final stage of the 1982 World Cup qualifier.

 

The Eagles had knocked out Tunisia, Tanzania and Guinea, in the first, second and third rounds respectively.

 

In the first leg played inside the National Stadium, Lagos, the Algerians shocked the Eagles, triumphing 2-0.

 

Algeria completed the job after winning the return leg 2-1 to qualify 4-1 on aggregate and qualify for their first ever World Cup.

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